Domestic Abuse


Domestic Abuse
Domestic abuse is when one person, within an intimate or family relationship, uses threatening behaviour or violence to control another against their wishes.

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Domestic violence and abuse

Domestic violence or abuse can happen to anyone.

Domestic violence, also called domestic abuse, includes physical, emotional and sexual abuse in couple relationships or between family members.

Domestic violence can happen against women and against men, and anybody can be an abuser.

If you need to talk to someone for advice about domestic abuse call the DAFFs helpline 0800 6949 999 9am to 5pm to talk to Gemini Services who offer local support and advice. Outside these hours call the 24-hour national helpline run by Women’s Aid and Refuge 0808 2000 247.

Getting help and support for domestic violence

You don’t have to wait for an emergency situation to seek help. If domestic abuse is happening to you, it’s important to tell someone and remember you’re not alone.

You can:

  • talk to your doctor, health visitor or midwife
  • women can call 0808 2000 247, the free 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge
  • men can call the Men’s Advice Line free on 0808 801 0327 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm) or ManKind on 01823 334 244
  • in an emergency, call 999